Rising Stars of children’s poetry

“Soulful, inspiring and uplifting.” Since its release Rising Stars, a stellar anthology written by young poets for 10-14 year olds, has been widely acclaimed and is now on the shortlist for a CLiPPA. One of the contributors and a SLAMbassadors 2015 champion, Jay Hulme, talks about writing for young people. You’ve never written specifically for […]

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo: a review by Eben Roddis

The Poet X is a terrific testimony to Elizabeth Acevedo’s skilful story-telling as well as her clear talent for poetry. The novel is written in verse, a series of short poems, creating a fifteen-year-old slam poet’s diary. This first-hand account of Xiomara’s experience of growing up in Harlem deals with a variety of topics, ranging […]

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BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2018

The BBC Proms Poetry Competition, run by the BBC Proms in association with The Poetry Society, explores the connection between words and music by asking entrants to submit a poem about a piece of music in this year’s Proms season. The Proms is an eight-week series of music concerts and other events, held mainly at the Royal Albert Hall in […]

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The Drought: a SLAMbassadors collaboration

Emmeline Armitage and Honey Birch, two SLAMbassadors 2017 champions, release new single ‘The Drought’. Poetry has always been close friends with music so this stunning new collaboration between SLAMbassador Emmeline Armitage and Cold Fire Award-winner Honey Birch makes perfect sense. The piece combines Armitage’s emotion-packed spoken word with Birch’s acoustic guitar and restrained sung refrains. […]

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“What can we do?”: using poetry to fight food poverty

Young Poets Network has teamed up with End Hunger UK to challenge writers aged 11-25 in the UK to respond to the crisis of food poverty. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by statistics, so we’ve asked poet and Teacher Trailblazer Fran Pridham about UK hunger and how poetry can make a difference. Winter. The alarm […]

In conversation with Matthew Francis

Giants in battle, a woman conjured from flowers, and a baby snatched by a hideous claw… Matthew Francis’ poetic retelling of the Mabinogi, the Welsh national epic, has wowed readers and recently been shortlisted for the 2017 Ted Hughes Award. Casia Wiliam, Welsh Children’s Laureate and judge of Young Poets Network’s End Hunger UK challenge, […]

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2018

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is open for entries! We are so excited to launch the competition for its 20th year. You can enter the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award online or by post now – more details on the website. The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is the […]

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“I dream”: a crowd-sourced poem with lines by Young Poets Networkers

On the weekend of 9-11 March 2018, The Poetry Society took part in BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival in Gateshead – a weekend of events examining the fast-changing relationship between the individual and the crowd. We asked individual subscribers to the Young Poets Network ebulletin to contribute to a crowd-sourced poem specially written for the […]